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Vonvo is Making Waves Among Non-Profits. Media Companies Are Next

vonvoLong gone are the days of the Jerry Lewis telethon.

Now, non-profits and charities rely on a mix of direct response, social media, and word of mouth to raise money.

They also have Vonvo. The video conversation (hence “vonvo”) platform gives them the ability to not only stream live video and host discussions, but also to raise money and collect email addresses. These last two features are perhaps the biggest differentiators between the platform and Google+ Hangouts or Skype.

To date, Vonvo has hosted live events for StandWithUs, Ndaba Mandela’s Africa Rising Foundation, The World We Want, and most recently, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.

In October, Vonvo teamed up with St. Mary’s to broadcast “A Tribute to Nick Cannon,’ a concert celebrating the ‘America’s Got Talent’ host for his work on behalf of the organization. The concert took place at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square and featured Sons of Serendip and Quintavious Johnson, among others.  Patients and St. Mary’s supporters unable to be in attendance were able to watch the livestream on Vonvo and chat about the event. Read more

#TheCatch Unites Rivals On Twitter, For a Minute

Last night Odell Beckham Jr. did something incredible: he brought Giants and Cowboys fans together. While  #NYGvsDallas was filled with a little trash-talk, #TheCatch was good enough to make everyone just shut up and love football:

Well, at least for a minute. Then Dallas fans were happy to rub it in: Read more

Social Scoreboard: Friday, November 21

Syfy’s “WWE Friday Night Smackdown!” and NFL Network’s “A Football Life” took the top two spots in the Nielsen Twitter ratings last night. “Shark Tank,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and “Constantine” rounded out the evening.

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‘State of Affairs’: How Twitter Reacted to Katherine Heigl’s Return to TV

140509_2781084_State_of_Affairs_Official_TrailerKatherine Heigl made her return to network television this week on NBC’s (anticipated?) ‘State of Affairs.’ While the majority of tweets about the show were positive, those who made the comparison between the plot of ‘State of Affairs’ with the plots of ‘Scandal’ and ‘Homeland’ were not impressed.

According to our analytics partner Canvs, which measures Twitter sentiment, 6,337 of 15,186 tweets about the series premiere were emotional reactions. 51% of the emotional reactions included the word “love” and 19% included “good.” The premiere drove the most emotional reactions towards the end of episode, when Heigl’s and Alfre Woodard’s characters plotted revenge. Below, some more insights from Canvs on what drove the Twitter conversation, followed by an infographic: Read more

Social Scoreboard: Thursday, November 20

Last night, Univision’s “Latin Grammy Awards,” and the winter finale of “Scandal” took the top spots in the Nielsen Twitter ratings (where is Olivia, people?!).

Other #TGIT winter finales “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” took the third and fourth spots, with “The Vampire Diaries” rounding out the evening. Screen shot 2014-11-21 at 12.46.45 PM

Emmitt Smith Will Sign Your Tweets This Weekend

signmytweetNow’s your chance to get an autograph from Emmitt Smith. Well, a digital one at least. This weekend, Comcast is hosting an autograph giveaway.

During the first half of the Giants and Cowboys game on Sunday night, Smith will tweet something, according to the release, to get it all started. Fans will then have 24 hours to tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #SignMyTweet. Someone at Comcast (I pity this guy), will print out the tweets, have the Hall of Famer sign them on Monday night, and then mail oversized copies to fans. Smith says in the statement:

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Woody Harrelson and Benedict Cumberbatch Lead This Week’s Top Viral TV Clips on 5by

5byIn this Friday’s installment of our partnership with 5by, the video discovery and messaging platform that curates the web’s best viral videos, we take a look at the top five videos of the week from the platform’s TV category.

Coffee culture is getting out of hand and no one demonstrates that better than Conan’s Associate Producer, Jordan Schlansky. Schlansky displayed an uncanny ability to not laugh as he took on Intelligentsia Coffee roastmasters. SNL took on New York’s decision not to arrest people with less than an ounce of marijuana. It doesn’t mean that people can smoke, though … For more on the videos selected, Theo Tabah, 5by’s Head of Content: Read more

Social Scoreboard: Wednesday, November 19

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “Law and Order:SVU” took the top two spots in the Nielsen Twitter ratings last night. “Nashville,” “Arrow,” and “South Park” rounded out the evening.

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Networks Opt Out of Obama’s Speech Because It’s #TGIT

obamatlakingWhile the official excuse is that the speech will be “overtly political” and that there are straight news outlets to broadcast President Obama’s immigration reform speech, we all know the real reason networks won’t be interrupting regular programming tonight.

Because you need to live-tweet “Grey’s Anatomy,” and it could theoretically cut into the Raiders – Kansas City kickoff at 8:25pm.

We should all be ashamed of ourselves. Univision will give the President ten-minutes because the Latin Grammy’s start at 7 p.m. Telemundo, CNN, and PBS will broadcast the speech in full. The hashtag, if you’re curious is #ImmigrationAction.  Or, #TGIT.

Exclusive: ‘NewNowNext Awards’ Introduces ‘Best New Social Influencer’ Category

281x211Logo TV announced today that its ‘NewNowNext Awards‘ will for the first time feature two new categories: male and female versions of “Best New Social Influencer.”  The show – described as the “definitive farewell party for 2014 and predictor to who and what will dominate pop culture in the year to come” -premieres on Logo TV on Sunday, December 7 at 8 pm EST and on MTV on December 12 at 7 pm EST.

Fans will be able to vote for the new categories, and keeping with the theme of the award, can do so only across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Vine. This also marks the first time the ‘NewNowNext Awards’ will feature a socially voted category.

Below, this year’s nominees for the ‘Best New Social Influencer’ category: Read more

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